Freakiest venue news of the year, perhaps, is that the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath is now under the same ownership as the Bulls Head in Moseley. This is not necessarily a bad thing – the H&H is an important venue on the Birmingham music scene and needs to be kept going – but the pub always had a rather grotty vibe to it in a good way and the range of acts performing was always somewhat random. It was also somewhere up and coming promoters could hire for a reasonable fee and, unlike other venues, didn’t have a house promoter taking the best nights.
There’s a short news piece here:
The partnership has already developed the the Bull’s Head in Moseley and is now investing pounds 500,000 in the redevelopment of the 19th-century public house the Hare and Hounds, in Kings Heath. Leftfoot hopes the Hare and Hounds will be a larger sister site to the Bull’s Head, which was reopened as a live music venue in May 2006.
Big Cat Group marketing director Anthony Tattum said: “The location of the Hare and Hounds is ideal for a project of this type, situated on one of the UK’s busiest high streets, it will be the only pub in Kings Heath that caters for the suburb’s increasing number of young bohemian and savvy professionals”.
Mr Regan said: “In a similar vein to the Bulls Head, we are aiming to cover a broad spectrum of musical tastes at the Hare & Hounds.”.
The pub re-opens on Friday 18th May with a Grand Launch Weekend. Here’s the flyer which details the bands and DJs playing. I’ll be watching this with interest!
(It occurred to me I might be perceived as being negative about this. I’m not. I’m just a little conflicted.)
Update: They have a website which lists the forthcoming gigs.